PREMIERE: We Rise Again from the San Diego Chorus and the San Diego Women's Chorus with Special Guests San Diego Children's Choir
August 18, 2023 - The San Diego Chorus proudly premieres the video single, "We Rise Again." This song was the closing number of the annual show LEGACY: Lifting As We Rise show on May 7, 2023. The event was a joint production with the San Diego Women's Chorus and features special guest musicians from the San Diego Children's Choir. Both organizations are under the direction of Kathleen Hansen. The song soars with the message that the children of today are our hope for the future, and was an immediate favorite of singers and audience members alike.
The 2023 spring show, LEGACY: Lifting as We Climb, featured 160+ combined voices from two choruses in one exclusive live performance. The event took place at the Lincoln High School Auditorium. The program featured a diverse collection of new music as well as old favorites from each chorus, as well as some combined numbers. Both choruses are under the artistic and musical direction of Kathleen Hansen.
The event program for this performance is available online.
The two choruses jointly performed "We Rise Again" along with special guest performers from the San Diego Children's Choir as the finale of LEGACY. The song “We Rise Again” was originally written for a 1984 stage musical, The Rise and Follies of Cape Breton, as an anthem of resilience and hope at a time when Cape Breton Island was going through an economic crisis. According to composer Leon Dubinsky, the song is about the cycles of immigration, the economic insecurity of living in Cape Breton, the power of the ocean, the meaning of children, and the strength of home given to us by our families, our friends, and our music. The song was later recorded by The Rankin Family and went on to become a hit. This choral anthem soars with the message that the children of today are our hope for the future.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO CHORUS
Founded in 1951, the San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is a highly trained and talented group of women who sing four-part a cappella harmony arranged in the barbershop style. A award-winning San Diego Chorus strives to entertain in many musical genres along with its signature vibrant choreography. Led by Master Director and Sweet Adelines International Faculty, Kathleen Hansen, the San Diego Chorus is dedicated to local entertainment and offering women and other marginalized genders opportunities for musical and personal growth. They welcome all singers regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender expression who share a love of music and dedication to musical growth. Learn more at SanDiegoChorus.org.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO WOMEN'S CHORUS
Founded in 1987 by community activist Dr. Cynthia Lawrence, SDWC has grown from a group of 14 lesbians gathered around a piano in a private home to a thriving community with over 125 singers who believe in the power of music, the power of women, and the power of marginalized voices. For 35 years, SDWC has provided a safe space that encourages women’s creativity, celebrates diversity, and inspires social action. San Diego Women’s Chorus is a non-profit community chorus that strives to entertain and inspire audiences with music that speaks to issues as diverse as human rights, love, world peace, religious freedom, environmental harmony, inclusion, and cultural diversity. SDWC welcomes all women and gender non-conforming individuals as singers. SDWC supports and affirms the music of women and LGBTQ+ composers and arrangers. Learn more at sdwc.org.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR
Founded in 1990, the San Diego Children's Choir is the area's oldest and largest choral training program serving children ages 1–18 at locations throughout San Diego County. The San Diego Children's Choir teaches music education through creative rehearsal techniques that engage the whole child in healthy vocal production and music literacy as well as encouraging self confidence and a sense of community and belonging. Learn more at https://www.sdcchoir.org/
The San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is an award-winning chorus performing 4-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.